The Connected Chef is NYC-chef founded nonprofit redefining food access and ensuring every household has local, nutritious food on a weekly basis.
Start: Empowerment is QBIPOC-led social and environmental justice education non-profit working with youth, educators, activists, and community members to implement a justice-focused education and programming in schools and community spaces.
Together, these two organizations aim to ensure food security in schools and communities.
The mission of the Food Justice Coalition is to support the implementation of equitable, regenerative, community-controlled, food systems. Pairing justice-centered education with community action, we seek to equip communities with the tools required to realize food sovereignty.
OUR POINTS OF UNITY
We believe that moving towards and realizing food sovereignty should be the foundation of this coalition. Here are the 3 points that we aim to achieve under the coalition alongside its membership.
WHY WORK IN SCHOOLS?
Here at the Food Justice Coalition (FJC) we recognize that schools can be an important pillar of the community. They are where upcoming generations spend most of their time and learn a myriad of things, academically and socially, that shape and influence their perspective in life. The FJC has collectively witnessed the power of teachers and administrators that have shaped all of us for the better.
Thus, the FJC chooses to primarily work in schools to implement justice-oriented curricula and connect schools to food support programming. We also work closely with students: raising the next generation of green-skilled workers by teaching gardening techniques like tower- and hydroponic gardening, as well as nurturing their leadership abilities through civics education and action-based projects.
We are in the business of transforming schools into self-sufficient, regenerative hubs that engage with communities and their hyperlocal resources (and vice versa) to encourage collective agency.
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OUR WORK IN SCHOOLS
Both the Connected Chef and Start:Empowerment's work has been monumental in schools.
Start:Empowerment's history includes reaching over 2,500 (and counting!) students by infusing justice-oriented curriculum and programming into classrooms and afterschool clubs, as well as supporting in-school tower gardening and hydroponics projects in classrooms.
The Connected Chef's history includes 922,361 meals distributed to those who are food insecure in their community with a portion of those meals being distributed across 14 schools via their fresh grocery line program.
Our vision is to create self-sustaining schools that support community members and students in an effort to realize a food secure society.